The passenger, Belgian Maxime Frére, was injured and transported to the National Guards Hospital in Jeddah, the assertion added.
The French driver was chief mechanic on the 205 Turbo 16 racing the Dakar basic, in line with the assertion.
Separately, two days earlier than the start of the rally on December 30, a automotive exploded, severely injuring its French pilot, Philippe Boutron. The blast hit a help car belonging to French staff Sodicars quickly after it left its Jeddah resort for the race route prompting French prosecutors to open a terrorism investigation.
There are historically 5 main car classes in the Dakar Rally: vehicles, motorbikes, vans, UTVs and quad bikes.